Make the wedding of your dreams come true with P100K


NEVER since the pandemic, it’s hard to imagine a wedding with 200 guests. Suffice it to say that flashy big weddings won’t be happening anytime soon. But that’s not a bad thing for couples who are considering getting married.

If you have a P 100,000 Philippines wedding budget, you can host an intimate wedding filled with meaningful moments with your loved ones. When it comes to marriages in the new normal, less is definitely more.

Keep your guest list small

The smaller your guest list, the lower your wedding expenses. Clear and simple. A micro-wedding in the Philippines has no more than 50 guests. However, you can always narrow down your guest list if you really want to. Just invite your immediate family members and closest friends.

Getting married on a weekday

The competition is stiff when you are having your wedding on a Saturday during peak wedding season. Saturday is the most popular or requested day to get married, and December is the peak wedding season in the Philippines.

But if you get married in the middle of the week during the off-peak wedding season, then you’re more likely to book the wedding venue and wedding vendors of your dreams. You may even get more discounts or freebies from your wedding vendors as it is a weekday wedding.

In addition, from the customers’ point of view, weekday flights are cheaper. So, it can work perfectly if you have friends or family members who will be coming from other countries to attend your wedding.

Opt for a small but beautiful wedding venue

Choose a wedding venue where you can hold both the wedding ceremony and the reception (this will work great for civil weddings).

If you want a church wedding, choose a beautiful church. This way, you won’t spend on wedding decorations to make the place look nice and dreamy on your wedding photos.

If you want an even smaller wedding, consider cozy restaurants or cafes with a romantic vibe. With so many beautiful gardens, beaches, cafes, restaurants, and museums in the Philippines, you won’t run out of options for inexpensive wedding venues. The trick is to keep the guest list small to stay within your 100,000 P wedding budget.

DIY as much as you can

If there is one element of wedding that you can do, then do it yourself! Whether it’s a printed invitation or an electronic invitation, you can personalize it for free.

For example, create and personalize your own wedding invitations – there are lots of free wedding templates online. You can also easily create a beautiful wedding website (which will also serve as an invitation) using a site builder, such as Wix.com and TheKnot.com.

Let your creativity run wild and create your own welcome board, guest book or wedding memories.

Buy equipment online or on Divisoria

For your bridal bouquet, why not use dried flowers, fabric flowers or even paper flowers? You can also design your own wedding accessories. If you know how to cook, you can even bake your own wedding cake!

Doing it yourself can consume a lot of time and energy, but you can definitely save some money and use it for other wedding expenses that you want to splurge on.

Go for a minimalist / ready-to-wear wedding outfit

You can buy ready-made, ready-to-wear wedding dresses with prices ranging from P1,000 to P5,000. Whether you go for a knee-length cocktail dress, white linen pantsuit, or a floor long dress, you can find the perfect dress if you are patient and know the right place to look. The same goes for the suit and tie of the groom or Barong Tagalog.

As for the entourage and the guests, you can ask them to wear an outfit suitable for your wedding that will also go with your theme or pattern.

Decide which items to splurge on

You are allowed to skimp on some wedding expenses, and you are also allowed to splurge – as long as you communicate it with your future spouse and both of you are in agreement.

Many couples splurge on wedding rings or wedding photos. Long after the wine and food have been consumed and the wedding songs are over, the rings will still be worn on their fingers and that special moment will be captured forever in photos.

If you’re struggling to decide on which element of marriage to go all out or skimp on, ask yourself, “Can we still get married even without this?” “

Can you still get married without the string quartet, drone wedding photography, or the luxury wedding car? If the answer is yes then you can ignore it and use the budget for something else.

If other couples were able to get married on just a budget of P 100,000 in the Philippines (some even got married for less), so can you!

More tips for an intimate wedding on a low budget

Finalize your wedding date as soon as possible. Ideally, you should have three to four months to prepare for your small wedding. This should give you plenty of time to meet all of your requirements and find the right wedding suppliers.

Reserve upcoming talents (wedding dress designer, hairstylist and makeup artist or photographer) instead of the popular or established ones that charge higher rates. This way you can save money without skimping on quality.

More often than not, friends and family will offer to cover part of the wedding expenses as a wedding gift. Whether it’s the wedding photos, keepsakes, or the wedding dress, there’s nothing wrong with accepting their help, especially if it can free up your wedding budget significantly.

Working with a P 100,000 wedding budget in the Philippines is definitely doable, especially for a small wedding. Do your research to find reputable yet affordable wedding providers and decide which wedding expenses are important to you and your partner. But you and your partner should be on the same page when it comes to your wedding budget. You both have to agree not to spend more than P 100,000 on the whole wedding.

Rouselle Isla is a financial writer at Moneymax. Save money on auto insurance, credit cards, and loans when you compare and apply at www.moneymax.ph! Visit Moneymax to learn more.

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